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The 37 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

From christopher nolan's tenet to wonder woman 1984 and soul , we look ahead to the biggest movies still to come in 2020..

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The early months of 2020 saw unprecedented changes in the movie industry as Hollywood attempted figure out how best to respond a global crisis. Part of that response was to bring movies to the home market earlier than usual, with at least one film,  Trolls World Tour , opting to release on home entertainment media on the same day as its scheduled theatrical debut. For others, it has meant postponing opening weekends, even if no new date has been announced (you can find those films in our TBD section below).

With all of that said, there is still a wealth of exciting movies this year, even if we have to wait a little bit longer for some of them. We’ve still got a new entry from Pixar in Soul , and Gal Gadot embraces the ’80s in  Wonder Woman 1984 . Plus, we’re also getting a slew of new thrillers, horror films, animated treats, action-adventures, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly turned things upside down this year, but there are still some things we can look forward to, so start marking these titles in your calendar.  [Updated on 11/5/20]

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The Grudge (2020) 20% Directed by:  Nicolas Pesce Starring:  Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, John Cho, Demian Bichir, Lin Shaye Opening on:  January 3, 2020

A remake of the American remake of the Japanese horror favorite,  Grudge  once again focuses on a vengeful ghost with a long memory. Critical darling Andrea Riseborough stars, and director Nicolas Pesce has some form: critics called his  The Eyes of My Mother  a haunting slasher.

Bad Boys for Life (2020) 76% Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence Opening on:  January 17, 2020

Bad Boys and Bad Boys II  may both be Rotten, but they live in the hearts of many action fans as exemplary buddy-cop flicks, and both have Audience Scores of 78%. While original director Michael Bay is not coming back for  Bad Boys for Life , producer Jerry Bruckheimer is overseeing the film, and we have confidence that directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah of Black and Gangsta will match his signature style and pace.

Dolittle (2020) 15% Directed by: Stephen Gaghan Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, John Cena Opening on:  January 17, 2020

After a pair of poorly received films starring Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. is ready to take up the mantle of Doctor Dolittle in a new screen adaptation directed by Stephen Gaghan ( Gold , Syriana ). This film will be based more on the second book by author Hugh Lofting, and it will co-star Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen, with the voices of Tom Holland, Marion Cotillard, Selena Gomez, John Cena, Emma Thompson, and more.

Weathering With You (2019) 92% Directed by:  Makoto Shinkai Starring: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Tsubasa Honda, Shun Oguri, Sakura Kiryu Opening on:  January 17, 2020

The latest animated adventure from Makoto Shinkai, the acclaimed director of  Your Name , centers on a pair of teens, one of whom can control the weather, who meet and form a bond with each other, before one of them reveals a secret that will change both of them forever.

The Gentlemen (2020) 75% Directed by:  Guy Ritchie Starring:  Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding Opening on:  January 24, 2020

After a bit of a departure with 2019’s live-action  Aladdin remake, Guy Ritchie returns to his roots with this British gangster tale about an American expat (Matthew McConaughey) with a weed empire in London whose imminent retirement from the business spawns a criminal free-for-all for his territory. Fans of Ritchie’s early work are excited to see him at the helm of another crime caper, and it’s hard to beat the sight of a slimy-looking Hugh Grant playing against type.

The Rhythm Section (2020) 28% Directed by:  Reed Morano Starring:  Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella Opening on:  January 31, 2020

Blake Lively stars in the latest troubled female assassin movie, based on the eponymous novel by Mark Burnell. She plays Stephanie Patrick, a plane crash survivor who wants to get to the bottom of the disaster that killed her family and discovers it was no accident, which sets her on a path of revenge.

Gretel & Hansel (2020) 63% Directed by:  Oz Perkins Starring:  Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Alice Krige Opening on:  January 31, 2020

From the director who previously brought us  The Blackcoat’s Daughter and  I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House comes a dark new take on the classic fairy tale about a brother and sister who fall prey to cannibalistic witch that entices them with tasty treats. Sophia Lillis ( It ,  Sharp Objects ) and Sammy Leakey star as the titular duo, who embark on a desperate search for food, only to encounter something far more evil than we’ve seen in any previous iteration of the story.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) 78% Directed by:  Cathy Yan Starring:  Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Ball, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Opening on:  February 7, 2020

We last saw Margot Robbie’s wily Harley Quinn get in all kinds of trouble in Suicide Squad . What happens when she joins Birds of Prey, DC’s all-ladies team of adventurers? Sheer. Unadulterated. Mayhem. Along for the ride will be Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who were cast as Black Canary and Huntress, respectively, in September, and Rosie Perez, playing Renee Montoya. They will face off against Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask.

The Lodge (2019) 75% Directed by: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz Starring:  Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage Opening on:  February 7, 2020

Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the duo who brought us 2014’s chilling psychological thriller Goodnight Mommy , return with another striking horror film. Riley Keough plays Grace, a young woman who is left alone at a winter lodge with her boyfriend’s two children — but not everything, or everyone, is quite what they seem, and as secrets are revealed and tensions rise, there may be more than just personal history to worry about.

The Photograph (2020) 75% Directed by:  Stella Meghie Starring:  LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, Courtney B. Vance, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lil Rel Howery, Rob Morgan Opening on:  February 14, 2020

LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae star in this romantic drama about a woman named Mae whose mother dies and leaves behind a photograph that reveals secrets about her past. As Mae delves deeper into her mother’s life, she begins to fall for a journalist assigned to write a story about her.

Downhill (2020) 36% Directed by:  Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Starring:  Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Miranda Otto, Kristofer Hivju, Zach Woods Opening on:  February 14, 2020

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash helm this remake of the 2014 Swedish comedy-drama  Force Majeure , which centers on a married relationship on the rocks after the husband abandons the family during an avalanche scare. In this version, that couple is played by Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, indicating it may lean a little harder on the comedy than the drama, and what more perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to watch another couple in a passive-aggressive tug of war?

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) 63% Directed by:  Jeff Fowler Starring:  James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough Opening on:  February 14, 2020

The first trailer for this adaptation of the classic video game famously drew the ire of Sonic fans around the world, prompting the studio to announce that it would be updating the look of the character. This led to a push back from its original 2019 release date – but on the plus side, those same fans were all about Jim Carrey as villain Dr. Robotnik. An updated trailer featuring a redesigned Sonic that was released in November of 2019 was met with wholehearted approval from fans, so here’s hoping the rest of the film is up to snuff.

Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) 8% Directed by:  Jeff Wadlow Starring:  Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Charlotte McKinney, Michael Peña, Michael Rooker Opening on:  February 14, 2020

Moviegoers of a certain age may remember the popular TV drama  Fantasy Island , in which visitors to the titular vacation spot would be granted a chance to live out their wildest fantasies for a price. Blumhouse has decided to twist the concept into one of its horror offerings to bring it to the big screen, as this adaptation centers on a group of guests whose fantasies spiral out of control dangerously, and they must figure out how to survive.

The Call of the Wild (2020) 63% Directed by:  Chris Sanders Starring:  Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford Opening on:  February 21, 2020

The classic Jack London novel gets the big screen treatment again, and judging from its first trailer, it would seem that it focuses only on a small portion of the source material, much like the 1935 adaptation starring Clark Gable. In this film, a St. Bernard/Scotch Collie mix named Buck is stolen and transported up into Yukon territory, where he befriends a man named John Thornton and embarks on an adventure. Harrison Ford takes the lead human role, while Buck himself looks to be entirely CGI.

The Invisible Man (2020) 92% Directed by: Leigh Whannell Starring:  Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid Opening on:  February 28, 2020

After 2017’s  The Mummy failed to launch Universal’s cinematic universe of classic monsters, they handed the reins of  The Invisible Man over to their horror partners at Blumhouse for a modern, updated standalone feature. Elisabeth Moss stars as the former lover of an abusive sociopath who has committed suicide — or has he? Maybe that’s him breathing over her shoulder and lighting things on fire in her house.

Onward (2020) 88% Directed by:  Dan Scanlon Starring:  Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Opening on:  March 6, 2020

Marvel stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt lend their voices to Pixar’s latest film, a fantasy adventure set in a contemporary world filled with magical creatures about a pair of elf brothers who set off on a road trip — with the reanimated lower extremities of their deceased father — to discover if there is any real magic left to be found.

Bloodshot (2020) 31% Directed by:  Dave Wilson Starring:  Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan Opening on:  March 13, 2020

Who is Bloodshot? If the Valiant Comics assassin’s relaunch series was any indication, that  is  the big question. An unstoppable super-soldier powered by nanomachines, Bloodshot’s past is a mystery to him, and he’s on a mission to find out who he is and who – or what – is controlling him. With Vin Diesel as the titular character, expect a heavy side of testosterone with this slice of sci-fi.

Trolls World Tour (2020) 71% Directed by: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Dornan, Sam Rockwell, Rachel Bloom, Anderson.Paak Opening on:  April 10, 2020

After saving their colors and learning the true value of happiness in the Certified Fresh Trolls , the high-haired crew returns for another groovy adventure with Anna Kendrick again starring as Queen Poppy. She will be joined by a star-studded cast including Sam Rockwell, Rachel Bloom, Anthony Ramos, Anderson.Paak, Karan Soni, Flula Borg, Jamie Dornan, Kelly Clarkson, and more.

SCOOB! (2020) 48% Directed by:  Tony Cervone Starring:  Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Frank Welker, Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg Premiering on VOD on:  May 15, 2020

Warner Bros. offers up a new animated film based on the classic Hanna Barbera characters, this time focusing on the relationship between Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). We get to see how the two met and became best buds before teaming up with Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), and Velma (Gina Rodriguez) to solve crimes. Also, Scoob talks in full sentences now. Originally slated for a theatrical release, the film is now scheduled to go straight to VOD rental instead.

The Lovebirds (2020) 66% Directed by:  Michael Showalter Starring:  Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Anna Camp Premiering on:  May 22 on Netflix (formerly April 3, 2020)

Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae star in this romantic comedy about a couple on the verge of a break-up who become embroiled in a murder mystery and must work together to clear their name. Veteran comedy writer Michael Showalter, who previously directed Nanjiani in the sleeper hit  The Big Sick , is back in the director’s chair for this one, with  Pitch Perfect ‘s Anna Camp in a supporting role. After being pulled from its initial theatrical release, it was announced that  The Lovebirds  would move directly to Netflix, but a launch date for the comedy has not been announced yet.

Artemis Fowl (2020) 8% Directed by:  Kenneth Branagh Starring:  Ferdia Shaw, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Colin Farrell, Hong Chau Premiering on:  June 12 on Disney+

Director Kenneth Branagh and stars Judi Dench and Josh Gad, who all worked together on last year’s  Murder on the Orient Express , reunite for this adaptation of the popular fantasy book series that centers on a young criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in hopes of ransoming her to an evil pixie in exchange for his father. With all of the release date shake-ups due to the coronavirus outbreak, Disney has decided to skip  Artemis Fowl’ s theatrical release altogether, opting instead to release the film directly on its streaming service, Disney+.

Greyhound (2020) 77% Directed by:  Aaron Schneider Starring:  Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Lee Norris, Rob Morgan Opening on:  Premiering on Apple TV+ on July 10, 2020 (formerly June 12, 2020)

Tom Hanks is no stranger to WWII movies (see:  Saving Private Ryan ), and he’ll return to the theater of war to command the naval ship Greyhound, which was pursued by German U-boats across the Atlantic Ocean along with 36 other Allied ships. Director Aaron Schneider ( Get Low ) won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short back in 2003.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) 92% Directed by:  Armando Iannucci Starring:  Dev Patel, Peter Capaldi, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Benedict Wong Opening on:  August 28, 2020 (formerly May 8, 2020)

Dev Patel stars in a reimagining of the classic Charles Dickens novel, told through a comedic lens by Armando Iannucci, the man behind such scathing satires as  In the Loop ,  The Death of Stalin , and HBO’s  Veep . The production boasts an impressive cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, and Peter Capaldi.

Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) 82% Directed by:  Dean Parisot Starring:  Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Jillian Bell, Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan Opening on:  August 28, 2020 (simultaneous VOD and select theater release)

Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan have all grown up, but their time-traveling adventures aren’t over yet. In this decades-later sequel, the goofy duo are visited by someone from the future who tells them they must create a song to save the world. Will the Wyld Stallyns be up to the task? Of course they will.

The New Mutants (2020) 36% Directed by:  Josh Boone Starring:  Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga Opening on:  August 28, 2020

The Fault in Our Stars  director Josh Boone collects some of today’s hottest young stars — including  Split ’s Anya Taylor-Joy,  Game of Thrones ’ Maisie Williams, and  Stranger Things ’ Charlie Heaton — to play next-generation X-Men from Marvel’s comic book series of the same name. But the  New Mutants ’ dark path is riddled with horrors as they discover their abilities while imprisoned in a secret facility.

Tenet (2020) 69% Directed by:  Christopher Nolan Starring:  John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel Opening on:  September 3, 2020 (formerly August 12, 2020)

We knew for a while that Christopher Nolan’s next film would be called  Tenet , and we knew who was on board to star in it, but outside the fact that the story would have something to do with international espionage, we knew little else. The trailers for the film are cryptic enough that we still kind of don’t know what’s going on, but we do know that John David Washington will play some sort of agent who is able to experience time both forwards and backwards, sometimes simultaneously…? We think…? Originally scheduled for a July release, the film will now open in 70 markets worldwide on August 26 and in select theaters in the US on Labor Day weekend.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) 82% Directed by:  Charlie Kaufman Starring:  Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis Opening on:  September 4, 2020 (on Netflix)

Writer-director Charlie Kaufman ( Anomalisa , writer of  Adaptation  and  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ) returns to the big screen after a five-year hiatus. Details are thin on his next film, though it’s been described as a dramatic thriller about a couple en route to meet the boyfriend’s parents — even as the girlfriend is considering breaking up with him — who are forced to take a detour that ends up being more perilous than they expected.

Mulan (2020) 72% Directed by:  Niki Caro Starring:  Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Gong Li Opening on:  September 4 , 2020 ($29.99 on Disney+)

Following Disney’s live-action remake trend comes  Mulan , directed by Niki Caro of  Whale Rider  and  North Country  fame. Featuring Chinese star Liu Yifei as the titular character and a host of other Chinese legends like Donnie Yen, Gong Li, and Jet Li, this one is poised to conquer the global box office and – if it taps into the animated original’s magic – our hearts.

Antebellum (2020) 31% Directed by:  Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz Starring:  Janelle Monáe, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Eric Lange Premiering on VOD on:  September 18, 2020 (formerly August 21, 2020)

This psychological mystery’s first teaser trailer didn’t give a whole lot away, which is probably a good thing. We do know from the film’s synopsis that it centers on a successful writer played by Janell Monáe who becomes trapped in some sort of alternate reality — possibly one set in the slavery-era American South — and must figure out a way to break free. It’s definitely giving off some  Get Out  and  Us  vibes, which isn’t too surprising, considering the film has played up the fact that “the producer of” those films is behind this one as well.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) 89% Directed by:  Aaron Sorkin Starring:  Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton Opening on:  September 25, 2020 (Limited) followed by premiere on Netflix on October 16, 2020

Aaron Sorkin began writing the script for this historical drama back in 2007, but the project suffered several setbacks that delayed it for more than a decade. Now, with an impressive cast on board and Sorkin in the director’s chair, we’ll finally get his retelling of the controversial trial of seven men who were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot during the anti-Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s.

Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) 49% Directed by:  Robert Zemeckis Starring:  Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci Opening on:  October 22, 2020 (on HBO Max in the US), October 28, 2020 (in theaters worldwide)

Robert Zemeckis will direct this remake of Roald Dahl’s  The Witches , which was first brought to the big screen by director Nicolas Roeg in 1990. Zemeckis has some big shoes to fill: the original tale of an annual convention of the world’s witches that is interrupted by an inquisitive young boy sits at 100% on the Tomatometer (and its opening sequence has been terrifying young kids for decades). Anne Hathaway, who will star as the Grand High Witch, has even bigger shoes to fill, though: Anjelica Huston’s performance as the world’s head witch has made the character one of the most memorable kids’ villains in cinema.

Mank (2020) 83% Directed by:  David Fincher Starring:  Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance Opening on:  November 13, 2020 (limited, followed by release on Netflix on December 4)

Working from a script written by his father Jack Fincher, director David Fincher tackles a piece of Hollywood history in  Mank , which centers on screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s battles with Orson Welles over writing credits on Welles’ masterpiece  Citizen Kane . Gary Oldman is set to star in the title role, with supporting turns from Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Tuppence Middleton.

Happiest Season (2020) 82% Directed by: Clea DuVall Starring:  Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy Opening on:  November 25, 2020

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star in this holiday rom-com about a woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend at her family’s holiday party, only to discover she hasn’t come out to her conservative parents. This is actress-writer-director Clea DuVall’s sophomore feature, which she co-wrote with Mary Holland, and it should be out just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Croods: A New Age (2020) 77% Directed by:  Joel Crawford Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone Opening on:  November 25, 2020

We don’t know if the creatures in  The Croods  were prehistorically accurate, but we do know the family adventure was prehysterical! (Sorry about that.) The whole family returns for the sequel, with Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, and more reprising their roles. Original co-director Kirk DeMicco is off making  Vivo  (see November releases), and so first-time feature director Joel Crawford, a veteran story artist, takes the reins.

Soul (2020) 95% Directed by:  Pete Docter Starring:  Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger, Daveed Diggs Opening on:  December 25, 2020 on Disney+ (formerly November 20, 2020)

The second Pixar offering of the year features Jamie Foxx as a jazz-loving middle school teacher whose soul is separated from his body during an accident and transported to a training center for newer souls preparing to enter the bodies of newborn babies. There, he meets a soul in training (voiced by Tina Fey) who has been trapped there for years.

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) 58% Directed by:  Patty Jenkins Starring:  Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal Opening in theaters and streaming on HBO Max on:  December 25, 2020

As villain Cheetah,  Bridemaids ’ Kristen Wiig climbs aboard the  Wonder Woman  sequel, which sees Gal Gadot returning to her Amazon-princess role that catapulted the first film to a $412.5 million box office, a Certified Fresh 92% Tomatometer score, and the No. 2 spot in our list of the  64 Best Superhero Movies of All Time . The action is set during the Cold War in the ’80s and finds Chris Pine reappearing as Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor, despite his apparent death in the first film.

Promising Young Woman (2020) 90% Directed by:  Emerald Fennell Starring:  Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon Opening on:  December 25, 2020 (formerly April 17, 2020)

Killing Eve  showrunner Emerald Fennell makes her feature writing and directing debut with this thriller starring Carey Mulligan as a vigilante who pretends to be drunk at bars, luring men who claim they want to help her, and then confronts them when their advances inevitably turn sexual.

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The Top 20 Movie Trailers of 2020

Warner Bros. claims the top two spots, yet 'Tenet' and 'Wonder Woman 1984' didn't make the cut.

What makes a trailer great? It's like asking "what makes a movie great?" The fact is that there is no one answer, nor is there a list of ingredients. The magic is simply in the alchemy.

I consider myself a movie trailer addict, and the best trailers I saw this year represented a wide range of movies, from huge blockbusters to forgotten indies and award-winning documentaries. Almost every trailer on this list featured good music, a good hook, a strong cast and well-chosen beauty quotes from critics. Quotes are actually an underrated tool in a trailer's arsenal, as they can be quite effective when properly deployed, as seen in trailers for Sound of Metal , Jungleland , Minari and The Killing of Two Lovers .

While Warner Bros. took the top two spots on this list, you won't find any of the  Tenet or Wonder Woman 1984  trailers on here, as the studio never quite found a way to sell either film beyond pure spectacle. Tenet boasted one of the year's best scores from Ludwig Goransson , but hey, he doesn't have 35 million Instagram followers like Travis Scott , whose song "The Plan" was a truly terrible fit over the film's final trailer, indicating that Warners' already-departed marketing department was simply grasping at straws. Likewise, where's the emotional hook in the WW84 trailer? We got a lot of '80s jokes about parachute pants and some terrible-looking CGI courtesy of Kristen Wiig 's Cheetah, but there wasn't enough of that awesome theme from Hans Zimmer .

Meanwhile, a bunch of strong trailers for 2021 movies were released last December outside of the eligibility window for this list, including Top Gun: Maverick , No Time to Die , and  Ghostbusters: Afterlife . So keep that in mind, and feel free to let me on Twitter which trailers released over the past 12 months were your favorite.

Before I unveil the official list below, I wanted to highlight 10 honorable mentions, in alphabetical order: Fatman , The French Dispatch , The Green Knight , The Mauritanian , Mope , Run , Shadow in the Cloud , The Shadow of Violence , Spiral: From the Book of Saw , and The Truffle Hunters . And with that, here are the top 20 trailers of 2020.

20. Dune (WB)

The fact that this supersized trailer is more than three minutes long underscores the idea that Dune is a true epic, replete with golden-hued studio logos. The trailer leads with its best assets upfront -- rising young stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya . Within just a few seconds, this trailer has already captured the zeitgeist, set up a mystery ("what's in the box?"), offered a grand sense of scope (ships floating in the sky), and introduced us to a galaxy of Hollywood stars, from a bearded Oscar Isaac and a badass Josh Brolin to an evil-looking  Dave Bautista and a very huggable Jason Momoa , the latter of whom urges his fellow warriors to "fight like demons."

The Dune trailer is set to an appropriately epic-sounding cover of Pink Floyd's "Eclipse" that seems to convey the film's life-and-death stakes ("all you feel and all that you love") as all of civilization hangs in the balance. Introducing themes of fate and destiny, this trailer trailer does a good job of establishing that the world rests on Lord Chalamet's small, slender shoulders, and no one, not even Aquaman on bended knee, can take his place as its savior. The trailer climaxes with a big sandworm set piece , because if you're going to spend the kind of money that Warner Bros. and (mostly) Legendary spent on Dune , you might as well advertise the spectacle. On that front, this trailer has to be seen as a success, though we'll see if the spice flows in October, or whether a fear of theaters will be the mind-killer.

19. Unhinged (Solstice Studios)

This is the kind of effective trailer that lets you know exactly what kind of movie you're in for by the time it ends. The trailer opens, appropriately enough, in traffic. We've all been there. The blaring car horns are interrupted by the familiar opening chords from a bad cover -- there are no good covers -- of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box." Then we're introduced to a sweaty Russell Crowe , who explains with a Southern accent that he'd like an apology from a fellow motorist ( Caren Pistorius ) who he felt owed him a courtesy tap. She says she has nothing to apologize for, and it proves to be the biggest mistake she'll ever make, because if she's not sorry now, she will be soon. He's out for revenge, and he's going to make it hurt.

Crowe follows our heroine to a gas station where the clerk suggests he's just "road raging." But the truth is that he wants to teach this woman a lesson she's never forget. General mayhem ensues, including a stabbing in a diner, before the title pops up accompanied by that iconic guitar riff. And if you didn't know that Unhinged meant business before, the trailer makes sure of that when a post-title sequence sees a tractor trailer drive right through an occupied police car. Unhinged, indeed. Ticket sold!

18. Our Friend (Gravitas/UPHE)

This trailer had its work cut out for itself because it has to sell a few different tonal shifts, but it navigates those tricky waters quite well. The trailer starts out very comedic, with Jason Segel  breaking down Casey Affleck 's motel door fearing his buddy is in trouble. The music is upbeat and happy-go-lucky, which seems appropriate enough for a story of three best friends -- two of whom are married. Theirs is a special friendship... but then you find out that Affleck's wife, Dakota Johnson , has cancer. The couple has a long, hard road ahead of them, but fortunately, Segel is around to help out and play Mr. Mom while Johnson undergoes treatment, even if it means putting his own life on hold.

Maybe it's because I lost my own mother to cancer a few years ago, but this trailer hit me hard, especially when Johnson starts writing letters addressing special moments in her daughters' lives that she may not be around for in the future. That's when you realize that this movie may not have such a happy ending. Such is life. You have to take the good with the bad, the beautiful with the tragic. To be clear, I don't know how this movie ends, but I found the trailer to be life-affirming and wise regarding the misguided way that many folks treat sick people as if they're already dead, as summed up by Johnson's concern about how people don't look at her when they talk to her anymore. That line broke my heart because I know how it's all too true. This is the kind of feel-good film that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm eager to check it out when it debuts next month.

17. Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix)

Say what you will about the movie itself, but this happens to be a great trailer, one that made me well up with emotion several times. It starts by selling the transformation of two Oscar mainstays, Amy Adams and Glenn Close , the latter of whom is damn close to unrecognizable. It's clear that  Hillbilly Elegy is about poor people who are struggling, and the trailer positions the film as catnip for Oscar voters. Adams says she's had a down month, but takes pride in the fact that she always seems to land on her feet... except when she's being pinned down by the police.

Given the way the actress' voice trembles when she says "I always try," it's easy to sense her frustration as a mother. She's also dangerous, and maybe even suicidal, steering her truck into oncoming traffic with her young son inside. Close's Mamaw holds her accountable, urging her to "take responsibility!" And that's when we get The Terminator Speech, which no matter how ridiculous you think it sounds, is one of the most quotable moments in any trailer this year. The trailer ends on a hopeful note of reconciliation as Adams promises to do better and Close reminds her grandson that "family is the only thing that means a god damn." It's a strong note to go out on, not just because it's the truth, but because it communicates the idea that this is a film that is as much about family as it is about addiction.

16. The Devil All the Time (Netflix)

This trailer takes a little time to get going, as it opens with a grim-looking birthday party for Tom Holland , who is gifted his father's gun and calls it the best present he ever got. It looks like it might be the only present he ever got, too. The trailer quickly introduces a narrator who sets up the ensemble, including Jason Clarke as a perverted photographer, Sebastian Stan as a shady sheriff, and Robert Pattinson as a manipulative preacher who might as well be a snake oil salesman.

Things pick up once Holland cocks his new gun and asks Pattinson whether he has time for a sinner. The music intensifies and so does the imagery. A couple having sex in a car. A bloody knife. A dog barking from the front seat of a car. Some kind of religious ceremony involving bugs. A fire in a wastebasket. Two feet kicking at air as their owner hangs themselves. And then the cast is introduced by name and the percussion picks up. Stan raises a gun to someone's head in their kitchen, two people hold guns on each other in a car, and the violence rages on, culminating in a shotgun blast. The title then appears while a gentle but sinister melody plays from some kind of twisted music box. The Devil All the Time may have ultimately been a mixed bag, but Netflix did a hell of a job cutting this trailer.

15. Candyman (Universal)

This is a terrifying trailer that in its first 10 seconds quickly reintroduces Candyman as an urban legend who will kill you if you say his name five times. Well done. Then we get a 35-second sequence inside a public bathroom where a group of girls partake in that very ritual and get exactly what's coming to them. It seems that Candyman isn't just some myth... he's real, and he has returned to the Cabrini-Green housing project first seen in the original movie. By the time Jordan Peele is introduced as the film's producer, a creepy remix of the Destiny's Child song "Say My Name" starts to play, and it's a brilliant choice given how the title relates to the film.

We soon learn that "something is happening" to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II . Is he turning into Candyman? We're not quite sure, but the mirror motif continues to play out -- art can be a kind of reflection as well, mind you -- and if there's a bee in the frame, you know a bloody hook won't be far behind. I chose the official Candyman trailer over the black-and-white animated prologue that director Nia DaCosta shared on social media because that isn't so much a trailer as it is part of the actual movie. However, we do get a glimpse of the prologue and it's one of the many memorable images from the trailer, which culminates with a blood-spattered bathroom, indicating that this new film will be just as gory as its predecessors.

14. Promising Young Woman (Focus)

We actually saw the first Promising Young Woman trailer way back in December 2019, and while everyone freaked out over the use of the Britney Spears song "Toxic," this second trailer is actually more effective because it draws on the discussion that this film generated at Sundance. "Every now and then, a film comes along that ignites a conversation, holds up a mirror, and jolts us awake." That's the kind of direct tagline you need for a movie like this, which has #MeToo themes that are obviously timely. You need to make people feel like they have to see this movie, or else they'll be missing out on "the conversation."

The trailer also promises "a day of reckoning for everyone," and that includes other women who are complicit when it comes to matters of sexual assault. Seeing as how the trailer opens with a scene in Connie Britton 's office, it's clear that Promising Young Woman is not necessarily about Carey Mulligan getting revenge on men, it's about her holding the entire system accountable. The trailer ends with the title in hot pink font, which implies a certain edginess that this movie certainly has in spades.

13. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Focus)

From the opening chords of Sharon von Etten 's "Seventeen," this trailer just hits all the right notes. It starts with newcomer Sidney Flanigan telling her friend ( Talia Ryder ) that she went to the doctor because of "girl problems." That's right, she's pregnant. Her eyes seem to wince as she listens to the sound of her baby's heartbeat, knowing she's not ready to be a mom and plans to have an abortion. She feels helpless, as there's nowhere she can go in Pennsylvania without her parents finding out, which sets up a journey -- they'll have to go someplace else. And when you live in Pennsylvania, that someplace else is New York.

At first, they're alone and overwhelmed in a big city. She can't quite get that subway swipe right on the first try. Men leer at both the girls, and later, as one boy kisses Ryder, her hand searches for Flanigan's in support. We see Flanigan dealing with a nurse who explains that she knows this is hard, and the young actress sells that moment with an absolutely devastating look, at which point "Seventeen" intensifies and the trailer is off to the races. The trailer climaxes with the girls on the beach, indicating that there's hope for them, and a happy ending awaits no matter what Flanigan decides to do. Finally, we learn the title and its meaning -- Never Rarely Sometimes Always refers to the possible answers to the nurse's intake questions. The movie itself can be challenging at times, but I can't imagine anyone cutting a better trailer than the one Focus released.

12. Boys State (Apple)

I never would've seen Boys State is not for this impressive trailer, which does a good job of selling the unique concept of this documentary while hinting that what's at stake is nothing less than the future of this country. Do we want a leader who listens to others but stands behind what they think is right, or someone willing to say anything to secure someone's vote, even if they don't believe in what they're saying? Should politicians tell people what they need to hear, or just what they want to hear? It's also fascinating to see the kinds of young men who are attracted to politics, because they aren't your "average" teens. I mean, one even has a Ronald Reagan action figure for chrissakes!

These boys may come from different backgrounds, but they all have a passion for politics, even if that means getting their hands dirty from time to time. "A message of unity, as good as it sounds, is not winning anyone any elections," says one young man. This trailer promises a real eye-opener, and offers a window into how young people think. One leader describes another as "a fantastic politician, but I don't think a fantastic politician is a compliment either." The critical quotes are also spot-on, as Boys State is at once "compelling," "entertaining" and "rowdy." You could say "that's politics" and you wouldn't be wrong, but whatever side of the aisle you're on, Apple did right by this acquisition with this intriguing trailer.

11. Minari (A24)

This is just a beautiful trailer that showcases the heart and humor of Lee Isaac Chung 's period film. Driven by the film's lovely score, this trailer conveys the hope and the hardship behind the American dream, as the film follows a Korean family who move to Arkansas. Dad ( Steven Yeun ) is excited, but Mom ( Yeri Han ) is mortified, giving him a look that says, "what have you gotten us into?" It's clear that this family doesn't quite fit in, but it's not for a lack of effort. And when those dual Sundance cards come up publicizing its Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award wins, you know to sit up and pay attention to this one.

Then the piano kicks in and this kind of enchanting music takes over, and all of a sudden, it's like you're watching a Korean-American fairytale. The critical quotes sell the tone -- "intimate," "sweeping," "it will break your heart." It's the small moments that elevate this trailer. You can see Dad's frustration when he kicks the crate, but then there's tenderness in the way he touches his wife's arm in the bathtub. The music swells just as the trailer cuts to the barn burning, and the trailer ends on a comedic note showcasing its secret weapon. That would be the film's young lead Alan S. Kim , who earlier complained that his Grandma ( Yuh-jung Youn ) smells like Korea and walks around swearing in her underwear and snoring through the night instead of baking cookies like she should be, and later insists that he's not a pretty boy, he's just good looking! Talk about a charming crowdpleaser.

10. Tiger (HBO)

I chose this 75-second teaser rather than the official Tiger trailer because conceptually, it's brilliant. The teaser is driven by Tiger Woods ' doting father, Earl Woods Sr. , and the way he speaks about his son and what he could mean to both the world and the game of golf, makes it clear that the boy is special. But boys don't stay boys forever. They grow up to be men, and it becomes clear that Tiger is a fragile man, one who may have been mentally tough enough to handle the pressures of professional golf, but not the global fame and adulation that came with it.

Between the archival footage and the dramatic music that plays over this expertly-made teaser, you'd think this two-part HBO documentary could be the next O.J.: Made in America or The Last Dance , which also put two of the world's most famous athletes under a microscope. I've never been a big golf guy, but I am fascinated by the behaviors that led to Tiger's downfall, and all I know is that I can't wait to watch this intimate film when it hits HBO Max in January.

9. Nomadland (Searchlight)

This no-frills trailer is appropriate for a woman who leads a no-frills kind of life, as depicted by the numerous shots of her van driving down an open road in the middle of nowhere. It quickly defines what a "nomad" is -- one of the lucky people who could travel anywhere -- and gives Frances McDormand a chance to explain her character's circumstances. "I'm not homeless, I'm houseless. That's not the same thing, right?" She lives a hard-scrabble life, grinding out shifts at an Amazon warehouse but constantly looking for work even though she's told she should consider early retirement. The trailer promises a quiet, contemplative film featuring gorgeous nature photography, and it gives you a taste of the lush, piano-driven score.

The credits are both subtle and tasteful, as "From director Chloe Zhao " appears in the upper-left corner of the screen. The credit doesn't dominate the frame, or go out of its way to call her an "acclaimed director" or "visionary director." It keeps the focus where it should be -- on the story, and on McDormand's non-professional co-stars, as even David Strathairn does not get mentioned by name. The trailer offers moments of joy, but it's a melancholy kind of joy, and it ends on a note of self-reflection as McDormand looks up to the sky as if to ponder the meaning of life before the title appears in simple white font against a black background. Everything about this trailer screams Oscar Contender! and I suppose that's the point, but it also hints at a certain intimacy that feels inviting rather than pretentious.

8. Jungleland (Paramount)

Sure, I'm a sucker for movies about brothers, but this is a great trailer on its own, driven by the excellent song choice of "Something Real" by Wave System. Boxing films are usually about underdogs who win, and this trailer sets you up for that big win, as Charlie Hunnam bets big on his unstoppable little brother Lion ( Jack O'Connell ). Then we see Lion being thrown into a wall and calling for the fight to stop, and that's when the mournful part of the song kicks in. The brothers, it seems, have lost someone a lot of money, and now they have to escort a young woman ( Jessica Barden ) across the country to repay that debt.

The trailer makes sure to establish her as a fighter herself, and then the music picks up as the critical quotes start to unfurl, landing like body blows on the screen. Both the song and the trailer climax with a shot of Hunnam tied up and gagged, which hammers home the life-and-death stakes of this movie. And the trailer ends with a quiet shot of the brothers shadowboxing in an empty lot as more glowing quotes fill the screen, putting a perfect bow on this two-and-a-half minute story.

7. Nobody (Universal)

This has to be one of the most entertaining trailers of the year, if only because it plays on the audience's expectations of Bob Odenkirk . Nobody has the gall to cast Odenkirk as an action star, and the whole premise is cast-dependent in that you need an atypical leading man for it to really work. The red-band trailer has a Death Wish vibe to it, positioning Odenkirk as a family man who's not man enough to defend his family when the situation calls for it. After witnessing some thugs harassing his fellow passengers on a city bus, he decides to show them -- and us -- who's boss in a well-choreographed sequence that Universal was wise to let play out for a bit.

Odenkirk then gives us his character's backstory -- his family is completely in the dark regarding his violent past -- and we're treated to some glorious mayhem before Odenkirk's suburban schmuck misses his chance to take the trash out. And that's not a euphemism. The action is complimented by moments of humor (i.e. "the god damn kitty cat bracelet") as well as a remix of an old Louis Prima song called "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody." We may not be getting a new John Wick movie in 2021, but Nobody looks like the next best thing, and seeing Odenkirk play against type like this will no doubt be worth the price of admission when it hits theaters in February -- and VOD platforms just 17 days later.

6. Possessor (Neon)

The trailer opens with a warning that "this film has not been modified from its original version," selling you on its controversial nature right off the bat. It also opens with a rotating camera angle that conveys a skewed perspective of the world. Neon set the stage for this spot with a visceral teaser that emphasized the film's face-melting binding process and other disturbing imagery, but the official Possessor trailer explains the story a bit more. Following a violent opening, we hear a woman say "pull me out" and see Andrea Riseborough wearing some kind of futuristic tech that allows her to take over the bodies of random strangers and use them to assassinate high-profile targets. Her work is dangerous, but she lies to her family about what she does.

The critical quotes set a high bar, calling Possessor "the first great sci-fi movie of the decade," and promising an "unforgettable" film that is "unlike anything you've seen." The idea that this trailer is trying get across is that one single thought it all it takes to lose control. But what happens when your chosen vessel refuses to pull the trigger. The yellow text really pops amid the film's dark themes, and by the time Christopher Abbott looks in the mirror and asks "what has she done to me?" we're totally hooked. I don't know how a genre fan could watch this trailer and not want to inject it directly into their eyeballs.

5. Let Him Go (Focus)

We open on a gun and a badge in a box. Whoever they belonged to is either retired or dead. Right away, Kevin Costner asks his wife "You're going with me or without me?" which puts the action on Diane Lane 's character. She's the one going somewhere to deal with something, and he can back her up or not -- it's up to him. There's a tinkle of a piano and we quickly learn who she is looking to deal with -- Donnie Weboy, the abusive stepfather of her grandson, who is introduced hitting his wife and the young boy. The trailer does a good job of establishing all the relationships and the fact that the Weboy family is dangerous. You don't find them, they find you. After meeting a creeptastic Jeffrey Donovan , we're introduced to a Native American man ( Booboo Stewart ) who tells Lane and Costner to "go careful," which serves as a warning. They're in enemy territory in the middle of nowhere, and no one, not even the cops, can help them now.

That's when we get out first shot of Lesley Manville standing over her kitchen table like a queen in her secluded castle. There's a dinner scene where the air is thick with tension, and Lane gives Manville some lip. That could have deadly repercussions, as it's not long before we learn that Donny and his maniacal mother are both capable of murder. We hear an ominous storm moving in as the music ratchets up and Manville strikes Lane like a bolt of lightning, prompting all hell to break loose. It's not long before the house is on fire, someone is falling down the stairs and Costner is smashing a guy's face with the butt of his gun. This trailer comes to a crescendo like some kind of horror movie, and with the tagline "don't start what you can't finish" makes a promise of sorts that even the good guys may not make it out of this one alive.

4. The Killing of Two Lovers (Neon)

This trailer was absolutely riveting from start to finish. Right away, the aspect ratio signifies that it's an art film, and it's clear from the jump that this is a low-budget movie about low-budget people. We're told that this man and his wife love each other, but feelings come and go. They're trying to work it out, but he senses he's losing her. And then their daughter drops the hammer: "Mom's cheating on you." It's unclear whether the man already knows this, or whether he's just stunned that his daughter knows now too.

The quotes here don't mince words, and peppered in between those critical adulations are shots of the man using a mannequin for target practice and visiting his kids in the middle of the night. You sense his desperation. He reminds his wife that she promised him she'd make an effort, and his daughter urges him to "fight for us," which sets up some kind of confrontation. All of a sudden, he's throwing his jacket in anger and driving dangerously alongside another truck before his own vehicle spins out of control. "This is my family." And thus begins the countdown, which is a clever device for a trailer that culminates with the man holding a gun on his wife and her lover as they sleep soundly in what used to be his bed. The camera just lingers there in silence for a beat before we smash cut to the title: The Killing of Two Lovers . This is a brilliantly designed trailer that will leave you haunted.

3. Sound of Metal (Amazon)

First of all, this trailer is automatically subtitled, which is a stroke of genius, because it places hearing audiences within the world of the deaf. The trailer starts with two loud drum sounds, though it's not long before the drummer, Ruben, senses something is wrong with his ears. You can see how scared he is, because he doesn't know what is happening to him. The trailer gives you a sense of his aural perspective -- and the film's Oscar-worthy sound design -- when we can't hear the water coming from his shower.

Ruben visits a doctor who tells him he needs to preserve the hearing he has, because the hearing he has lost is never coming back. He starts to freak out and panic. He's angry about the situation, but there's no one to direct that anger towards. That's when we meet Paul Raci 's character, who leads a community for the deaf, and explains that their mission is to fix Ruben's mind and attitude, not his hearing. That's when you understand what this movie is all about -- Ruben dealing with that sense of isolation. We see him begging his girlfriend ( Olivia Cooke ) to stay with him, but this is a journey he has to go on alone. She can't help him, because he has to learn to help himself first.

Upon arrival at the deaf community, everyone starts signing, but Ruben can't understand them. He pounds the wall as Raci explains that the world is cruel. So Ruben goes to school with deaf kids who show him that losing his hearing is not the end of the world. He can still live a full life and be happy, but he has to want that for himself. The trailer ends with a penetrating close-up of Riz Ahmed 's face in which his big brown eyes show no fear, only peace and acceptance. That one look promises a special movie, one that speaks volumes about what it is to be human, even when you're surrounded by silence.

2. Judas and the Black Messiah (WB)

This is an absolute dynamite trailer that proves Warner Bros. doesn't need A-list IP to cut a fantastic promo. It wisely starts by introducing its titular messiah  Fred Hampton of the Black Panther party, who is in the midst of getting a crowd worked up with chants of "I am a revolutionary!" Meanwhile, Lakeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons share a knowing look, one that hints at their lopsided power dynamic and a certain betrayal to come. This trailer soars on the strength of its music, which is the instrumental track "False Prophet" by Pusher Music, and when that first siren blares and we see "from producer Ryan Coogler and director Shaka King " followed by Stanfield jumping on the hood of a car (which lines up with the percussive track), we know to sit up and pay attention. It's quickly established that Plemons' FBI agent has Stanfield's character by the balls, as the guy is looking at a serious prison stretch. Which means he has to cut a handshake deal with the feds.

From there, Daniel Kaluuya 's Hampton takes over. "You can murder a liberator but you can't murder a liberation! You can murder a revolutionary but you can't murder a revolution! And you can murder a freedom fighter but you can't murder freedom!" It's a powerful rallying cry interrupted by several different shootouts and even a few tears before the somewhat provocative title card comes up. I don't know whether Judas and the Black Messiah is a commercial movie doubling as a prestige picture or vice verse, but what I do know is that it looks great and I can't wait to see it when it hits HBO Max in February -- just in time to qualify for this year's Oscars.

1. The Batman (WB)

From the opening sound of duct tape unraveling over red WB and DC logos, you just knew Matt Reeves would be serving up something special with this trailer, and that was before Nirvana's "Something In the Way" kicks in a few seconds later. The trailer does a great job of introducing Robert Pattinson 's goth Batman (combat boots first, black eyeshadow later) and his rogues gallery of villains, including the Riddler ( Paul Dano ) and cat burglar Catwoman ( Zoe Kravitz ), but the talk of this trailer was Colin Farrell 's nearly unrecognizable turn as the Penguin.

The defining moment in this action-packed trailer arrives when Batman wallops an unnamed thug and continues to pound on him even when he's on the ground before saying "I'm vengeance." The beating makes it seem like Pattinson's Batman is a little angrier than past iterations of the character. Following a smash cut to the Batmobile's engine firing up, the trailer is off to the races, setting up some tension between Batman and the Gotham City police while teasing more of the cat-and-mouse game between the Riddler and the world's greatest detective. In its closing moments, it also hints at a larger mythology that Batman is unaware of thus far, indicating that Reeves does indeed have some kind of master plan for a trilogy. Expectations could not have been higher for The Batman trailer, and somehow, Reeves and Warners delivered with an assist from Kurt Cobain . Bam! Pow! Bravo!

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What makes a great movie or television series trailer? It’s less about conveying the plot and more about selling the overall atmosphere of what it will feel like to watch the entire project. The best trailers bottle up the energy of an entire show or feature-length movie and unleash that same energy in under three minutes without losing any edge. These 10 trailers below did that the best in 2020.

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Tony Shalhoub is reprising his Emmy-winning role as San Francisco detective Adrian Monk in Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie , with fans getting a first look in the official trailer Nov. 8. 

More than 20 years after the TV show premiered on USA Network, the  Marvelous   Mrs. Maisel actor reunited with castmates  Ted Levine (Police Captain Leland Stottlemeyer), Jason Gray-Stanford (Lieutenant Randy Disher), Traylor Howard (assistant Natalie Teeger), Melora Hardin (Trudy Monk) and Hector Elizondo (Dr. Neven Bell) for the 90-minute film, streaming on Peacock on Dec. 8. 

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The MEAN GIRLS musical movie adaptation is officially a go — and creator Tina Fey is ready to bring even more pink to the big screen.

“I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” Fey said in a statement to Playbill in January 2020. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences.”

Fey wrote the 2004 film Mean Girls , which starred Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron), Rachel McAdams (Regina George), Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith) and Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners). Fey, for her part, played teacher Ms. Norbury in the comedy alongside longtime friend Amy Poehler as Mrs. George, Jonathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels, Lizzy Caplan as Janice Ian and Daniel Franzese as Damian.

Fey brought the hit film to Broadway in 2018 and is taking the musical production back to the movies with an all new film — and a few familiar faces . Reneé Rapp will be playing queen B, Regina George, in the upcoming film after previously playing the role on Broadway .

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“We have an amazing cast,” Fey said during a February 2023 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers . “I’m super excited about the cast.”

Scroll down for everything to know about the new MEAN GIRLS film:

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Everything to Know About the 'Mean Girls' Musical Movie Adaptation: The Cast, Tina Fey's Involvement and More

The MEAN GIRLS musical movie adaptation is officially a go — and creator Tina Fey is ready to bring even more pink to the big screen. "I'm very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen," Fey said in a statement to Playbill in January 2020. "It's been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences." Fey wrote the 2004 film Mean Girls , which starred Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron), Rachel McAdams (Regina George), Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith) and Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners). Fey, for her part, played teacher Ms. Norbury in the comedy alongside longtime friend Amy Poehler as Mrs. George, Jonathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels, Lizzy Caplan as Janice Ian and Daniel Franzese as Damian. Fey brought the hit film to Broadway in 2018 and is taking the musical production back to the movies with an all new film — and a few familiar faces . Reneé Rapp will be playing queen B, Regina George, in the upcoming film after previously playing the role on Broadway . “We have an amazing cast,” Fey said during a February 2023 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers . “I’m super excited about the cast.” Scroll down for everything to know about the new MEAN GIRLS film:

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What Is the New ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Movie About?

The film is based on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical which ran from 2018 to 2021 and had 883 performances. The musical, for its part, was originally adapted from the 2004 movie by Fey.

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Is There a ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Trailer?

One month after fans got a first glimpse at the movie musical as a preview for Taylor Swift ’s Eras Tour concert film , Paramount released the film’s first official trailer . Set to “Get Him Back!” by Olivia Rodrigo , the sneak peek featured several iconic moments from the original 2004 movie, including Regina’s cheese fries, the Plastics’ Burn Book, the school-wide showdown, the “Jingle Bell Rock” dance scene and more.

The preview also included clips from several of the musical’s biggest numbers, including Karen’s Halloween song “Sexy” and Regina’s revenge tune “World Burn.”

“Get in loser,” Rapp says straight to the camera as Regina George.

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Is There a ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Poster?

The movie’s first official poster was released alongside the full-length trailer. Dubbed “a new twist from Tina Fey,” the image features Rapp as Regina sporting rings that spell out the film’s name. “Plastic is forever,” reads the movie’s tagline.

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When Will ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Premiere?

The movie musical will premiere in theaters on January 12, 2024.

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Which Original ‘Mean Girls’ Movie Stars Are Coming Back?

Fey confirmed in February 2023 that she and Tim Meadows , who played principal Mr. Duvall in the 2004 film, would be back for the musical movie.

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Are Any of the Former ‘Mean Girls' Musical Actors in the Film?

Rapp will return as Regina George after previously taking over the role on Broadway. Ashley Park , who played Gretchen Wieners in the original musical, joined the cast in March 2023. Her role wasn’t initially revealed.

Rapp, who previously portrayed Regina George on Broadway, told Entertainment Tonight she found out she would be reprising her role for the film while walking on the treadmill. “I just finished a day of the [Sex Lives of] College Girls filming and my agent called me,” she shared in December 2022. "My mom rushed into the house ...  She was like, 'Renee!' 'cause she obviously knew because everybody in my family and on my team is in cahoots.”

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Who Else Is in the ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Cast?

Angourie Rice will play Cady Heron, Auli’i Cravalho is set as Janis 'Imi'ike (formerly Ian) and Jaquel Spivey will portray Damian Hubbard. Senior Year ’s Avantika Vandanapu will play Karen Shetty (formerly Smith), the Summer I Turned Pretty star Christopher Briney will portray Aaron Samuels and Love, Victor actress Bebe Wood is set as Gretchen Wieners.

Busy Philipps was announced in March 2023 as Regina’s mom, Mrs. George, while Jenna Fisher will portray Cady’s mom, Ms. Heron. That same month, Deadline confirmed the addition of Mahi Alam as Kevin Ganatra (formerly Gnapoor) and Connor Ratliff as a teacher named Mr. Rapp.

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What Does Amanda Seyfried Think About the New ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Movie?

Seyfried, who played Karen Smith in the first film, told Entertainment Tonight in February 2023 that she and her former costars are “100 percent into” making a cameo in the new movie. “It’s been a long legacy for Mean Girls and I think we all kinda need to hang,” she said of her former castmates, noting she’s “still hoping for a miracle” when it comes to Fey bringing her back in some capacity.

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Who Is Directing ‘MEAN GIRLS?’

Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne will be directing the upcoming project. Fey, for her part, is credited as writing the 2004 screenplay, the current screenplay, the script and the stage playbook. Nell Benjamin , meanwhile, has signed on as the lyricist.

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How Long Did the ‘Mean Girls' Musical Run on Broadway?

The musical made its world premiere in October 2017 in Washington, D.C. The production hit Broadway in April 2018 and ran through March 2020. In January 2021, the show closed permanently but it continued to tour. Mean Girls national tour kicked off in Buffalo, New York, in September 2019. The U.S. schedule is ongoing.

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When Did Filming for ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Begin?

The cast began production on March 6, 2023.

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Where Can You Watch ‘MEAN GIRLS?’

Though the film was initially set to stream on Paramount+, Deadline reported in September 2023 that the movie would be getting a full theatrical release.

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Who Is Jon Hamm Playing in ‘MEAN GIRLS?’

Hamm joined the cast in March 2023 as Coach Carr, according to The Hollywood Reporter . In the original film, Carr famously taught his gym class students about sex — and how not to get “chlamydia and die.”

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What’s Rachel McAdams’ Advice for the New ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Cast?

McAdams told Entertainment Tonight in March 2023 that she didn’t think the new Regina George, played by Rapp, “can do any wrong” with the role. “She is amazing,” the Notebook actress said of Rapp.

"She's already got me beat with that voice. So, I'm just excited to see her incarnation,” McAdams added. “It's such a great character. It's so much fun to play, so, I hope she has a great time with it. And I can't wait to see it."

When it comes to whether the OG Regina would make a cameo in the new film, McAdams teased she would “never” say no to Fey “ever.” She gushed over the movie’s creator, saying, “She’s the greatest. So, we’ll see how it all shakes out.”

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Will ‘MEAN GIRLS’ Feature the Full Broadway Soundtrack?

Rapp exclusively told Us Weekly in April 2023 that there will be some changes to both the script and track list. "A lot of it is different. Tina [Fey] is such a creative genius and such a creative freak, and her partner, Jeff Richmond, who does all of the music, is as well. So there's definitely different things," Rapp hinted. "There might be different songs. Some songs that are in the musical version might be in the movie or might not be."

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First Teaser for 'Mean Girls' Musical Movie Coming to Theaters 2024

by Alex Billington November 8, 2023 Source: YouTube

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"You could be really hot if you change, like… everything." Paramount has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the 2024 update on Mean Girls , a big screen version of the Mean Girls musical from Broadway (which closed in 2020). It's not really a remake, it's not really a sequel, it's kind of a re-imagining but as a musical even though it borrows the same story and setup from the original 2004 Mean Girls movie. Paramount Pictures Presents, a Broadway Video/Little Stranger Production, arriving in theaters nationwide in January 2024 . Get in loser, we're going to the movies . Cady Heron is a hit with the Plastics, A-list girl clique at her new school and she makes mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. Angourie Rice stars in this as Cady, with an ensemble cast of fresh young faces including Auli'i Cravalho , Reneé Rapp , Jaquel Spivey , Avantika , Ashley Park , Bebe Wood , Christopher Briney , Jenna Fischer , Busy Philipps , Tina Fey , and Tim Meadows & Jon Hamm . This looks like another splashy Broadway adaptation, not at all a complete reinvention or remake of Mean Girls . Have fun anyway.

Here's the teaser trailer (+ poster) for Arturo Perez Jr & Samantha Jayne's Mean Girls , from YouTube :

Mean Girls Musical Poster

From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, Mean Girls . New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called "The Plastics," ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina's crosshairs. As Cady schemes to take down the group's apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school. Mean Girls (2024) is co-directed by the filmmakers Samantha Jayne ("Quarter Life Poetry") & Arturo Perez Jr. (also "Quarter Life Poetry", plus the docs McCartney: Grand Central, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? ). The screenplay is written by Tina Fey. Based on the stage musical "Mean Girls" from Broadway (running from 2018 to 2020). Lyrics by Nell Benjamin, book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond. It's produced by Lorne Michaels & Tina Fey. Paramount will debut Mean Girls in theaters everywhere starting on January 12th, 2024 early next year. Who's excited for this one?

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The velveteen rabbit trailer: children’s classic adapted with mix of live-action & animation.

A new trailer for The Velveteen Rabbit has been released, revealing a children's classic getting adapted with a mixture of live-action and animation.

  • A new trailer for The Velveteen Rabbit reveals an exciting adaptation of the beloved children's book with a captivating blend of live-action and animation.
  • Readers of the original story will be thrilled to see the stuffed rabbit come to life in this heartwarming 40-minute special.
  • Apple TV promises more to come, leaving us eager to experience the magic and charm of The Velveteen Rabbit .

A new trailer for The Velveteen Rabbit has been released, revealing a new adaptation of the beloved children's book. The original story, written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, tells the story of a boy who gets a stuffed rabbit for Christmas that comes to life. The special will be a new addition to Apple TV+ , arriving on November 22.

Now, Apple TV has released a trailer for The Velveteen Rabbit , showing off the 40-minute special's mixture of both live-action and animation.

The trailer teases the story of a stuffed rabbit who wants to become real after being gifted to a young boy for Christmas. The tone of the preview indicates the special will be a heartwarming addition to Apple TV+'s movie catalog .

What To Expect From The Velveteen Rabbit

The upcoming special promises a light-hearted adaptation, just in time for the holiday season. The original book has become a revered children's story since its release in 1922 , as evidenced by it getting a new rendition on streaming 101 years after it was published. It appears the new version will keep the same tone as the original, focusing on the heartwarming tale of a boy and his stuffed animal.

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This is far from the only adaptation of the story, though, as there have been many new iterations of the story since 1973 . Because of how many times The Velveteen Rabbit has been reimagined, it's unclear if the upcoming special will change any other details aside from blending live-action with animation. However, if anything does get altered, it will no doubt continue to ensure the special is a memorable holiday experience.

Although Apple TV+ is increasing their prices , The Velveteen Rabbit shows the platform's funding is going toward high-quality content for all ages. This means there could be other, similar holiday specials in the works that could be announced at a later date. With the streaming platform expanding its horizons, the heartwarming new adaptation is sure to please families during the holiday season.

Rankin/Bass loosely adapted The Velveteen Rabbit in the 1976 Easter TV special, The First Easter Rabbit.

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